Summary

Call My Name challenges what friendship and motherhood mean for these characters, especially when considering loss, love, and forgiveness. It’s a powerful story highlighting key milestones for women as a whole, courtesy of activists pushing for change.

5-STAR REVIEW: CALL MY NAME by Jenni Ogden

About The Book

Publication Date: September 15, 2022

Two women, bound together by opposite personalities, friendship, love and family—until motherhood rips them apart.

From Jenni Ogden, author of bestselling novel A Drop in the Ocean (Gold Nautilus Award for Fiction) comes a compelling family saga set in the Australian Tropics and spanning the 1960s to 1990s. 

Her mother dead from a drug overdose, thirteen-year-old Olivia is rescued by Cathie Tulloch, her mother’s friend throughout the years they were held captive in Japanese prison camps in Sumatra in WWII. Welcomed into the Tulloch’s remote family home in the Australian tropics, introverted Olivia is claimed by dramatic, generous, controlling Cassandra Tulloch as her sister and best friend. Moving to the UK at 18, Olivia finds her independence, and partner Ben. But in 1970, after five years away, she is homesick, and ready to fulfill her long-held dream: to make a family of her own. In Brisbane she and Ben share a hippie lifestyle with Cassandra and husband, Sebastian. But while earth-mother Cassandra effortlessly produces beautiful babies, for Olivia, becoming a mother is hard. Even harder is discovering the truth about her own mother. And when the unimaginable happens, destroying the friendship with Cassandra that has been her bedrock for so long, Olivia tells herself that she doesn’t deserve a family, nor a place to call home.

The Review

Author Jenni Ogden delivers a sweeping saga exploring relationships in Call My Name. Set primarily in Australia, the story spans three decades, focusing around the Tulloch family and their foster daughter, Olivia.

The characters are richly developed, with Olivia serving as the central point. The matriarch of the Tulloch family, Cathie, shared a history with Olivia’s late mother of being held captive in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Olivia finds a sister in Cassandra, creating a bond that is cruelly tested later in life.

Killara, which serves as the backdrop of the family’s home, provides a gathering point for key aspects of the story. Regardless of how long the characters are away, they always find respite at this picturesque spot full of memories. This is also where Cathie tells the story about captivity and the sacrifices Olivia’s mother made.

The relationships are raw yet incredibly real. Olivia’s struggles are leveraged against Cassandra’s accomplishments, which puts strains on their relationship. Their families are closely intertwined, which makes it challenging to simply walk away. The story follows these two women through marriage, children, and careers and highlights their ups and downs.

Call My Name challenges what friendship and motherhood mean for these characters, especially when considering loss, love, and forgiveness. It’s a powerful story highlighting key milestones for women as a whole, courtesy of activists pushing for change.

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About The AuthorJenni Ogden and her husband live off-grid on spectacular Great Barrier Island, 100 kms off the coast of New Zealand, a perfect place to write and for grandchildren to spend their holidays. Winters are often spent in Far North Tropical Queensland, close to Killara, the fictional home in Call My Name, her third novel.

Her debut novel published in 2016, A Drop in the Ocean, was an Amazon bestseller and won multiple awards including the 2016 Gold Nautilus Award for Fiction, Large Publisher.

Her second novel, The Moon is Missing, was published in 2020 and is set on London, New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and Great Barrier Island, NZ.

​Jenni, who holds a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology and was awarded the Distinguished Career Award by the International Neuropsychological Society in 2015, is well-known for her books featuring her patients’ moving stories: Fractured Minds: A Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology, and Trouble In Mind: Stories from a Neuropsychologist’s Casebook.

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REVIEW AUTHOR

Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you Amy, Fabulous site, and thoughtful, wonderful review! So happy you are recommending it to your followers! Hugs, Jenni

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5-STAR REVIEW: CALL MY NAME by Jenni OgdenCall My Name challenges what friendship and motherhood mean for these characters, especially when considering loss, love, and forgiveness. It’s a powerful story highlighting key milestones for women as a whole, courtesy of activists pushing for change.